Disclaimer: I don't own anything from the Harry Potter world; J K Rowling does. No copyright infringement is intended, I'm only borrowing these characters.

(For the 'Snape's tears' challenge at grangersnape100 at livejournal)

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Hermione scanned the list of potion ingredients they needed and frowned slightly.

"Sir?" she asked.

"Yes, Miss Granger?" Snape answered, turning his dark head to look at her.

"One of the ingredients needed is tears, sir."

"I see," he said in a level voice before sweeping over to a cupboard and removing a bottle full of liquid.

Hermione stared. Were they his? The thought of Snape weeping and collecting the tears upset her… brought on feelings for him that made her feel awkward.

"Onions bring on tears," Snape said calmly, watching her.

"Yes," Hermione said, relieved.

Her unwanted feelings retreated.

FINIS